As predicted, the Committee on Public Works and the Environment voted 3-2 (Brown, Cheh, and Alexander versus Graham and Bowser) not to spend lots of local money to rebuild a high-speed bypass through Rock Creek Park that we’ve done fine without for 18 years.
Jim Graham is disappointed, and wants to hear from citizens. I encourage anybody who thinks parks should be for recreation, not highways, to attend the meeting or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 8
John A. Wilson Building (the Council building)
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Pennsylvania between 14th and 13½th)
Metro: Metro Center or Federal Triangle
Update: According to City Paper, Cheh also added an amendment allocating $2 million “for environmental remediation of Klingle Valley and construction of a recreation trail.” Graham still plans to fight for the road. And Mayor Fenty is fine with whatever the Council decides.